A Father’s Day to Remember: Plans Dad Will Love

posted: 06/09/16
by: Katie Morton

We all have busy lives these days. Sometimes, time spent together as a family is the best gift of all. Rather than gifting Dad yet another tie or box of golf balls, this Father's Day make plans for an outing that he'll remember for years.

Let Dad Do the Cooking

If it's been awhile since you've gathered the whole clan, then a family barbeque is a fun way to catch up and celebrate Father's Day. If he likes to grill, let him don his Chef hat and take over. If he'd rather sit back and enjoy a full-service feast from the comfort of his Adirondack chair, then have someone else handle the prep. Keep it classic with steaks and beer, or make it more decadent with a grilled clam bake or another gourmet twist.

Embrace the Great Outdoors

If Dad likes fresh air and blue sky as far as the eye can see, then camping, fishing or hiking may be the way to go. Cast a line, pitch a tent, or just walk in the woods. Older kids will love the adventure of a night under the stars, while even the smallest kids can enjoy a few hours at the pond, drowning worms on a hook.

Take him out to a Ball Game

Big League games are a blast, but these tickets can be expensive for a large family. Minor league parks are the next best thing-- these parks provide close-up action and family-centric activities such as carousels and kids' nights. Players often sign game balls, much to the delight of younger fans. Cap off the night with peanuts and crackerjacks for a sweet treat.

Put Together a Memory Book

If you have small children, then making a craft with Dad can be a special way to spend the day. Plus, when you're done, your family will have a personal gift to cherish. Make this part of your family tradition and add photos and special memories each year. As the years pass, your book will grow, and so will your appreciation for how far your family has come.

Build a Tree house

If Dad is handy, then spending the day making something with his family might be his idea of a dream come true. Consider assembling a tree house or birdhouse together. Let Dad be the general contractor and have the kids pitch in to build something cool for the yard.

Brush up on History

Does Dad like history and battle reenactments? Indulge his love of the past with a trip to a national monument or battlefield. If your family lives close to DC, then Mt. Vernon is a great way to pass the afternoon. Not near D.C.? Google historic locations in your region that feature Father's Day programs.

Boating and Floating

For many Dads, nothing says RELAXATION like a day on the water. Rent a powerboat or a sailboat to cruise local waterways. If Dad is athletically inclined, give stand-up paddle-boarding a whirl. If the kids are too young for a long day on the water, then take a shorter jaunt around the lake in a swan paddleboat or canoe. Pack some refreshing libations and snacks in the cooler and picnic by the water's edge after you dock.

The Sky's the Limit

If Dad has an epic sense of adventure and price is no object, then indulge him with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Excitations allows you to customize heart-pumping, adrenaline-fueled excursions. Drive laps in a racecar, fly in a hot air balloon, or soar in a glider... If you ask nicely, maybe he'll let you tag along.

Time with his family making memories is a gift that Dad will treasure forever. This year, plan a special day together revolving around whatever it is Dad likes to do best. With our ideas and your own creativity, your family will enjoy a Father's Day to remember!